The delhi university (DU) has postponed the final year and final semester exams amid the rise of Covid-19 Cases in the city. The exams were supposed to begin on 15th may but will now commence from 1st of june. According to the officials the exams will be conducted via online mode and open book pattern. The teachers are also provided with an extended time till 10th of may to submit question papers.
According to D.S. Rawat, dean of examinations, DU, the decision was made on saturday in a meeting with all the head of departments and deans chaired by the vice-chancellor. He also stated that the decision for examinations of other semesters will be taken later after reviewing the situations around Covid cases. Continues demands were made for the deferment and even cancellation of exams by students and teachers as several examination officials and staff members were found positive for Covid-19 in last few weeks.
But it seems to have no chances of complete cancellation of exams or deferment beyond 1st june as many students have got job offers and need to have their final results for joining. Other students have also applied to foreign universities and require results within as soon as possible to opt further studies.
A letter was to delhi university by the teachers association on 30th april highlighting the same issue and requesting to postpone exams. They wrote, “The university must take a sensitive view of the situation that students and teachers find themselves in – no one is in a position to write or conduct examinations at this moment. Hence, we request you to consider cancelling examinations for all students and decide upon alternative means to evaluate students. Deadlines for submission of internal assessment must be extended.”